“I think it’s essential that people keep signing up to these type of trials to push research forward.”
A study looking at attitudes to health and bowel screening in Scotland (ARTICS)
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This is a study looking at how people in Scotland feel about bowel screening.
Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage when treatment is more likely to work. In Scotland, people aged between 50 and 74 years old are sent a stool testing kit (
Researchers want to find out more about how people feel about taking part in bowel screening. They are sending questionnaires to people who are about to receive a stool testing kit as part of the bowel screening programme.
If you receive a questionnaire and agree to take part, you answer the questions by ticking boxes. There are no right or wrong answers. The study team just want to find out people’s views about health and bowel screening.
Who can enter
You cannot volunteer to join this study. You may be asked to take part if you live in Scotland and are between 50 and 74 years old.
The study includes 60,000 people who are being sent a stool testing kit as part of the Scottish bowel screening programme. They are put into 3 groups by a computer. This is called
- A third of the people just receive the stool testing kit
- A third receive a questionnaire 2 weeks before they get the stool testing kit
- A third receive a different questionnaire 2 weeks before the testing kit
If you receive a questionnaire and agree to fill it in, you then return it in the stamped addressed envelope provided.
You can complete the questionnaire by phone instead. If you want to do this, the number is included in the information you receive.
All the answers you give are
You can do the stool test whether or not you complete the questionnaire. The researchers will look at the number of people in each group who return the stool test.
There are no extra hospital visits. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire.
There are no side effects from taking part in this study.
How to join a clinical trial
Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.
Prof Ronan O'Carroll
Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
Scottish Bowel Screening Programme
University of Stirling